Up on Table Nine – Oil Painting

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Interior Oil Painting    12 x 24 inches    See Pricing

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Spring, summer and fall are my prime plein air painting times, but I always have work on my studio easel as well. This is a recent painting in my bar and restaurant interior series. I’m still enjoying capturing “the light” –even if it is artificial (from light bulbs instead of the sun.) I use multiple reference photographs but feel free to change the elements, color and values to more closely capture the scene I want to portray.

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This artwork was created on: Linen Panel
Medium: Royal Talens Cobra Water Mixable Oil Paints and Holbein Duo Aqua Water Soluble Oil

Back Road Farm – Oil Painting

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Plein Air Landscape Oil Painting    9 x 12 inches    See Pricing

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I had a break between festivals at the beginning of July, but once you start painting en plein air, it becomes and ingrained habit. This piece is from the backroads west of where I live in Southeast Michigan. As usual, I painted on a sepia-toned panel to help liven up the abundance of green in this summer view. Although the barn is the focal point, I was really interested in making the road recede into the distance…

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This artwork was created on: Linen Panel
Medium: Royal Talens Cobra Water Mixable Oil Paints and Holbein Duo Aqua Water Soluble Oil

The Paintover…something to look forward to!

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I used to feel so frustrated and unworthy when I screwed up yet ANOTHER perfectly good canvas or panel with a really bad painting. It felt like such a waste of precious time, hard effort and good materials. But I’ve learned a new way to look at it. First, each attempt is a lesson. I’m still constantly learning, and every good and every BAD painting teaches me something. I have to embrace that. And second, panels and canvases that are painted over make fantastic surfaces to create on! They have ridges and unexpected texture that livens up an artwork. And for some reason, I feel more free to experiment on them because they would have gone straight into the trash if I hadn’t rescued them.

For awhile, I made the mistake of using gesso to paint over failed oil attempts. Then one day I slapped my head and realized that I was putting an acrylic product over an oil base. That definitely does not turn out well. It may take a couple of decades, but the drying of the flexible oil layer underneath will eventually cause the non-flexible acrylic gesso layer on top to crack. So anything that is painted on top of that gesso will also crackle.

Now, I use the leftover oil paint on my palette to scrub over my rejects. I don’t feel I have to completely cover them, just enough so that I’m not distracted by the image creeping through. I usually turn them upside down when I start a new painting any way.

Now I look forward to my failures….well, kind of.

La Placita – Oil Painting

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Plein Air Architecture Oil Painting    11 x 14 inches    See Pricing

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I had a blast with this piece! Who knew there was an old diner in Frankenmuth, Michigan? It was a cloudy, rainy day when I discovered this joint. It looked abandoned, and I couldn’t pass it up. I worked out of the back of my SUV and every time the rain started coming down, I’d stuff  everything back in the car and take a break in the front seat. When the drizzle stopped, I hopped back and out and resumed. Rinse and repeat. Such is the life of a plein air artist.

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This artwork was created on: Linen Panel
Medium: Royal Talens Cobra Water Mixable Oil Paints and Holbein Duo Aqua Water Soluble Oil

South of Frankenmuth – Oil Painting

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Plein Air Landscape Oil Painting    11 x 14 inches    See Pricing

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This was my favorite piece that I created at the Great Lakes Bay En Plein Air Festival this July…and the judge liked it too! Thank you Juror Richard Jordan for giving this farm painting an Honorable Mention Award at the event!

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This artwork was created on: Linen Panel
Medium: Royal Talens Cobra Water Mixable Oil Paints and Holbein Duo Aqua Water Soluble Oil

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